4. Comparing my Nike Free 3.0 (see picture below) to my wife¡¯s Nike Free 5.0 shows clearly that the Free 3.0 is the flatter soled shoe. The heel thickness in the Free 5.0 is not far off what you would find in a traditional training shoe.
This is a great write up. Thanks. It does stink to see what my $170 Newtons look like cut open. I always assumed there was fairy dust inside or something.Here are the design specifications for Newton Running shoes:
The Bare Access 2 is the newest addition to the Merrell Barefoot line, and is the successor to New Balance 577 Homme en ligne a shoe that I like a lot and reviewed not too long ago. The Bare Access is Merrell¡¯s cushioned, zero drop offering, and it was a strong enough performer that it made my list of recommended running shoes. In a niche that is growing rapidly, the original Bare Access scored points in having a nice, roomy toebox, a lightweight, reasonably flexible build, and a comfortable ride out on the road.
Like you I am a minimalist, in fact ran track and cross country through college barefoot, so I completely understand where you are coming from. Zola Bud who set two 5,000 m world records running barefoot is also a fan of our shoes.
The terrex X-King is another unique design from adidas. The upper is entirely vulcanized to the outsole (no glue or stitching), and the midsole is added through a footbed New Balance 670 Homme Pas Cher . adidas is only offering the one footbed for now, but is considering multiple options in the future if the X-King design proves successful. I was too busy geeking over the shoe that I forgot to take pictures of it, but it is super flexible and has a fantastic Continental outsole on it. It is by far the most aggressive of adidas¡¯ offerings and looks to be a fell running type option similar to an inov-8 Mudclaw or X-Talon. I am expecting a pair to test out fairl New Balance 996 Homme Pas Cher y soon and will get a review posted sometime late winter.